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Local heroine Bette Snyder has died

Observer staff report

Published on February 23, 2017 4:06PM

Last changed on February 28, 2017 6:05PM

Bette and Sid Snyder

Bette and Sid Snyder


LONG BEACH — Bette Snyder, a leading citizen of the Long Beach Peninsula who was well known throughout Washington state, died Thursday morning, Feb. 23, just shy of her 94th birthday.

She was mentally sharp and enjoyed life right up to the end, her children reported.

Her funeral is this Saturday, March 4, at noon at the Peninsula Church Center, with a reception to follow.

Wife of the late Sid Snyder, majority leader of the Washington State Senate, Bette Snyder was famous for her friendly manner, political instincts and wickedly humorous poetry that often poked gentle fun of Sid and other public figures. Along with her husband, she epitomized a generation of state leaders who avoided rancor and built connections between people of differing ideologies.

News of her death rapidly spread via social media last week, generating a flood of condolences for her children, Sid Snyder Jr. of Gearhart, Karen Snyder of Long Beach and Sally Snyder Paxton of Bellevue.

“Bette was an amazing woman and will be missed. She and Sid leave behind a legacy that will live on for generations,” one of her many friends said, for example.

See page A7 in today’s Chinook Observer for a complete obituary.

The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, 115 Lake St. SE in Ilwaco. is setting up memorial display for Bette Snyder in the lobby. It should be complete by this Friday.



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